Be Kind Festival returns to North Conway area with Cranmore on boardBy JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent May 04. 2014 7:27PM
NORTH CONWAY — For a second year, Cranmore Mountain Resort is opening its Mountain Adventure Park early to give attendees of the upcoming Be Kind Festival yet another reason to smile.
On May 17 and 18, Cranmore will offer discounted tickets for unlimited rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line. Additionally, complimentary tickets for a single ride will also be handed out at Schouler Park on Saturday morning.
“Cranmore is thrilled to be participating in this year’s Be Kind Festival,” said Cranmore President and General Manage Ben Wilcox. “It’s our way of giving back to this beautiful community and all the people that have supported us over the years.”
All of Cranmore’s expanded summer offerings will open Memorial Day Weekend.
Located in the heart of North Conway Village, Cranmore is one of many local businesses, groups and individuals who are trying through the Be Kind Festival to make the world a slightly better place.
Scheduled for May 16-18 in Schouler Park, the 2014 Be Kind Festival will again focus on random acts of kindness.
The festival was founded in 2011 by self-described “entreprenologist” Michael Kline, who as a member of the North Conway Village Association, was looking to create a “meaningful” spring-time event in the village.
Inspired by Michael Chase, a Portland, Maine, author and kindness expert who did a 24 hours of random acts of kindness video, Kline and others built a festival around kindness.
The festival this year will feature the inaugural “Grande Drumming Circle” which organizers hopes will attract 1,000 or more percussionists to Schouler Park where they can bang away on their own drums, pots and pans, trash cans or anything that can make noise.
Human brains react positively to the release of energy and the making of a joyful noise, said Sandy Ruka, executive director of the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County, which is a co-sponsor and beneficiary of the Be Kind Festival.
In addition to the drumming circle, festival attendees can expect to get hugs in public and to be the recipients and observers, if not themselves initiators of acts of kindness, which in addition to tickets to ride at Cranmore’s Mountain Adventure Park, might include flowers, balloons or gift certificates for free food.
Kline and Ruka said studies have shown that a single act of kindness will benefit the person extending it, the person receiving it, as well as anyone who witnessed it.